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12-26-2012 14:52:40

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I got 4 years out of my knee after arthroscopic surgery.Got a new knee this august and much much less pain--just do all the stretching exercises and it really helps with all the joints.

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12-26-2012 14:58:53

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 Re: Out of surgery. in reply to dpendzic, 12-26-2012 14:52:40  
I've always heard that you have to really do the physical therapy when you get a knee of hip replacement- but my question is, why? Its a mechanical joint- why would doing exercises give more range of motion? Being a mechanical contraption, it should have a built-in range of motion, and I don't understand why doing exercises should affect it, one way or the other.

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12-26-2012 18:27:12

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 Re: Out of surgery. in reply to Mike (WA), 12-26-2012 14:58:53  
its the muscle tissue and tendons--they tighten up and have to be constantly stretched to get back your range of motion---as soon as you come out of surgery its 4 hrs day on a flex machine.

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12-26-2012 18:35:47

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 Re: Out of surgery. in reply to dpendzic, 12-26-2012 18:27:12  
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I was on that machine 14 hours a day and had my tendons stretched back out in a week. It was the muscle that I lacked.

MO8N4ME, yes I have heard of the rooster comb injection. It has been replaced by others such as Euflexia (sp?). I have had that in both knees and it is very effective at holding arthritis at bay so that the pain is gone for 4-6 months. Someone on this forum had it work for him for years.

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12-26-2012 17:02:31

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I had my second partial knee done just over three weeks ago. I was up to 130 degrees just two weeks after. Really breezing right along. Then suddenly I had a lot of pain in the joint and spasming of a thigh muscle, The joint wasn't stable because the muscles weren't built back up yet. Favoring that side for the three months prior to the surgery had caused some muscles to atrophy, so that the joint wasn't stable. So I had to slow back down for a week and build my muscles back up.

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12-26-2012 16:12:17

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 Re: Out of surgery. in reply to Mike (WA), 12-26-2012 14:58:53  
You have to do the PT and stretching etc because of all the trauma involving the knee muscles during surgery. They have to stretch them out of the way to get to the bones to cut off and hammer in the new knee seat and ball. Muscles hate being disturbed. When disturbed or injured they always heal shorter. It isn't so much for strength as it is range of motion and stretching. If ya don't do it ya won't walk correctly and Doc won't be happy ya screwed up his work.

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